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Easily-Available Firearms Make U.S. Less Safe –
Nor More (JCNET, Brazil)
have occurred in Brazil, Germany, Finland, Norway and other countries, all
known for having well-developed societies. … But people without access to these
deadly instruments are less likely to kill or kill themselves. … In the United
States, the majority of these attackers had access to sophisticated arsenals of
firearms, knew how to use them and even how to target the most vital points of the
human body. Trained to kill.”
By Zarcillo Barbosa
Translated By Brandi Miller
July 22, 1012
– JCNet – Original Article (Portuguese)
Tragedies cannot be explained. They need to be told, as Sophocles did 2,500 years
ago, as a form of catharsis, a moral purging of society. James Holmes, a 24-year-old
PhD student in neuroscience, described as a quiet and solitary person, entered a
movie theater dressed in black, with his hair dyed red, saying he was the
Joker, Batman’s enemy. He started shooting as if he were part of the gang plaguing
Gotham City - the city protected by Batman. He shot 12 people dead and injured
59. The city where the tragedy occurred, Aurora, Colorado, is about 20 miles from
Columbine, where in April 1999, two teens shot and killed 14 people at a [high]
school. Similar incidences have occurred in Brazil, Germany, Finland, Norway
and other countries, all known for having well-developed societies. Video games
and violent films are blamed for detonating such killings, where the
protagonists seek their moment of celebrity or vent their killer instincts. It is a result of a “dangerous mind.”
Be careful! Your neighbor may be one, even if their calm demeanor fails
to show it.
Scholars on the subject deny there is a single cause. Psychologists
note that to people with a predisposition to violence and mental problems,
video games may be a bad influence - but one cannot generalize. They also speak
a lot about an individual’s lack of values or convictions, as if the younger
generation no longer sees any meaning or purpose for existence (nihilism). Hence
the destructive spirit in relation to the self and the outside world.
Relativism, consumerism, competitiveness … You can add more to suit your taste.
For instance, the media puts such a morbid emphasis on violence that it ends up
romanticizing the lives of the characters. But the truth is that there is no
accurate or useful profile of students involved in attacks on schools.
But there is one point in common that, although it doesn’t offer
a thorough explanation, does at least contribute to an understanding of how these events occur:
easy access to firearms. In the United States, of the 37 cases studied, the
majority of the attackers had access to sophisticated arsenals of firearms,
knew how to use them and even how to target the most vital points of the human
body. Trained to kill.
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SEE ALSO ON THIS:
Saarbruecker Zeitung, Germany: Bloody Acts Like these ‘Cannot Be Prevented’
La Jornada, Mexico: 'Violence and Barbarism' in Retrograde United States
Berliner Morgenpost, Germany:
Anders Breivik: Europe's Own Osama bin Laden
Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria:
The Troubling Profile of a 'Bushian Terrorist'
DNA, France: Terrorism in Toulouse and the ‘Currency of Hate’
After September 11, We 'Lost What We Wanted to Defend'
America in Anger's Clutches
Beijing Youth Daily, China:
Making Sense of America's Right to Bear Arms
Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany:
Virginia Tech One Year On: The 'Silent Scandal'
New Straits Times, Malaysia:
Don't Just Blame Virginia Tech …
'Thank Allah the Virginia Killer Wasn't Muslim'
Conclusion: people without access to these deadly
instruments are less likely to kill or kill themselves. In Brazil, buying a
weapon is difficult. Portability is an exception. Nevertheless, the “Realengo tragedy
” occurred. Filmmaker Michael Moore, in his famous documentary about
“bowling” in Columbine, informed people on precisely this issue. He offers an
account of a bank that was offering rifles as a prize for people opening new
accounts. Ninety million Americans (population 310 million) keep 300 million
firearms their homes. It is the nation with the highest number of firearms in civilian
hands. Thousands of families sleep soundly knowing there is a gun on the
nightstand. The arms industry is one of the biggest political campaign funders.
Candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney deplore the killings in schools, but
neither is pressing the issue of possessing pistols and assault rifles. In
National Rifle Association, with four million members, prevented Congress
from acting on a bill supported by George W. Bush that would have limited the
sale of assault weapons.
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The last time President Obama spoke about arms control was
last year, after a shooting that killed nine people. In that attack, Arizona
Giffords was shot in the head. The president said
it was time “to take effective and significant measures to deter violence.” His
words amounted to nothing. Every 12 hours, 144 people die from gunfire in the
United States. And school massacres are nothing new. They began in Michigan in 1927 -
the most evil of all - with 45 dead and 58 wounded. In 1966 at the University
of Texas, 14 died and 32 were injured. In 2007, at Virginia Tech, there
were 33 dead and dozens wounded. Not even Batman could put an end to such
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